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Born and brought up in the heart of Edinburgh, skater Ellis Taylor began his DJ career aged 11, after becoming fascinated by his mum’s boyfriend’s decks and his mum’s copy of Wu-Tang’s seminal debut, ‘Enter The 36 Chambers’. His aunt, a punk and rap fan, lent him her record collection, and he fast became obsessed with Hip Hop artists like J Dilla and Mobb Deep, keeping up to date with new releases via Tim Westwood’s influential Radio 1 show. Show persistently practiced beat-matching and mixing and got his first gig in an Edinburgh club at the age of 14. “I’d sneak in the back door early and then make sure the bar staff saw my face once I was in there so I didn’t get kicked out – which did happen now and then.”

Show soon realised that while he loved playing the records, it wasn’t quite enough – he wanted to be making the music that people danced to. Although he struggled at school, his teachers encouraged him to study Music Production, which he did while continuing to run successful club nights in Edinburgh. He began to make beats for local rappers but knew that if he wanted to really progress as a producer, he would have to move South. In 2003, Show left behind life as he knew it in Scotland and headed for London; almost immediately, his music began to be heard. A friend of a friend managed an upcoming female rapper and was interested in some of Show’s beats. His first major placement was Baby Blue’s string led ‘Sometimes’, a huge hit on the British Hip Hop scene in 2004. “It became my calling card from then on,” he remembers. Although the UK Rap scene was far from commercial at that time, the next six years provided Show with the perfect opportunity to perfect his skills and broaden his network. He ended up making beats for a long list of rappers, including, Sway, Skinnyman, Estelle, Foreign Beggars, Klashnekoff and Supar Novar.

To support himself financially, Show continued running club nights up in Edinburgh and was booked as a turntabalist to open for the likes of Clipse  and Ghostface Killah as well as Rizzle Kicks, who he met on the Open Mic scene in Brighton.

It was a long, hard slog, but finally in 2012, Show created a single that saw him rise from the world of underground innovator to a producer with commercial potential. The effervescent ‘Bada Bing’ helped rapper Benny Banks land a record deal at Warners and was so catchy that schools rung the label to complain about kids playing it incessantly during lessons. Show swiftly followed ‘Bada Bing’ with ‘I Wanna Rock’, the lead single from Sony singed rhymer Maxsta, which included a remix featuring Rizzle Kicks, Lady Leshurr and Tinchy Stryder, which led to more work with Stryder on the singles ‘Bonjour’ and ‘It’s Funny’. Show’s production credits grew to include everyone from pop stars like Wretch 32 and Dappy to underground MCs Squeeks, Rascals, Big Narstie and K Koke. Over the two years, Show has become increasingly in-demand as DJ and beat-creator, whether DJing at Glastonbury, opening for DJ Fresh, Mac Miller and Angel Haze or producing guest mixes for Annie Nightingale, Mistajam and Jen Long. Radio 1’s Zane Lowe recently said that Show is “one of my favourite producers in the business”, while Mistajam pronounced, “this dude is cranking out beats like I eat hot dinners!”

In 2013, Show was ready to step a little more into the spotlight. Inspired by the likes of Timbaland, Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx, he wanted to curate a collection of records with a definitive Show N Prove stamp.

Signing as a solo artist to All Around The World last year, he began with the high octane, Jamaican flavoured ‘Zimma Frame’, Ft. Takura. “I think that was a strong step in asserting myself as a solo artist, rather than a beatmaker or producer,” decides Show. The track bought in a deluge of remix work from artists drawn to the curious blend of club, trap, dubstep and rap. His remix of Stooshe’s Top 3 hit, ‘Black Heart’, helped the single go Gold, and, in June 2013 he was asked to remix Jessie’ J’s double platinum selling single ‘Alive’ featuring Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal. Show’s ‘Trap Remix’ sold silver in the UK and 2 x platinum in Australia.

With ‘Zimma Frame’ and its huge follow up ‘My People’ (which saw Rizzle Kicks do their own version), Show’s profile continued to rise and he was asked to endorse brands including G-Shock, who filmed a documentary about his journey to date, and K-Swiss, who created a video for his version of ‘California Love’.
His next single, ‘If Only’ Ft. Shakka, is fast shaping up to be another smash. Bestowed with Mistajam’s Jam Hot, the track is a continuation of the Show N Prove mentality; with a classic 70’s breakbeat tempered with Shakka’s smooth vocal, the song is yet another contagiously infectious single from this talented beat-sculptor. “I think it’s peeling off layers to my artist side; the beat is still hard, but I think I’ve opened the sound up just a little more,” he decides. “I like the fact my music has reached people I didn’t think it would.”

Over the last few months Show’s singles have been spun by everyone from Fearne Cotton to Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw, Mistajam and Annie Mac, with his productions being synched everywhere from Fifa 14 to ‘The Only Way Is Essex’, ‘ The Fast & The Furious 6’ and ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Although the focus is on his debut album, you can expect to hear a plethora of Show N Prove production from the likes of Wiley, Jacob Banks, Professor Green, Lethal B, Ed Drewett, Daley and Shakka. Live dates booked this year so far include The Great Escape, Reading and Leeds with DJ dates all over Europe. Show’s album is due later this year. “I want every song to be a moment in itself,” he insists. “I don’t necessarily mean each one is a single, but I’d like every song to a standout. No filler. And also cohesive, because it will be collaboration led I don’t want it to feel like a compilation. I want it to be really special.”